You donβt have to be introduced to Lord and Lady Grantham of βDownton Abbeyβ in order to know they are part of early 20th century Britainβs version of the 1 percent, the wealthy class. You can tell just by looking, by noticing how they behave, how they speak and, more importantly, how they dress.
In that era, more so than our own, you were what you wore. For most, clothes were expensive items limiting your choices. If you had a wardrobe large enough that you could change during the day, that was a clear signal of an exalted status. Such people, notes Heather Leavell,SeriesΒ cases for iphone 5Β protects against drops and dust. curator of the Peabody Historical Society, βdressed for dinner.β
The producers of βDownton Abbey,β well aware of the significance of clothes, spared little expense in creating fabulous costumes for the cast, particularly the female members, to wear. But then, these are indeed costumes, re-creations.
If youβd rather look at the real thing, you neednβt head for England. Instead, go downtown to the Historical Societyβs General Gideon Foster House and Cassidy Art Museum on Washington Street, which are offering a new summer exhibit, βDownton Abbey Style, 1900 to 1925, Womenβs, Menβs and Childrenβs Wear.β
βEach gallery represents a different era,β says Leavell. So, the togs, artfully mounted on mannequins, match the styles seen on the popular television show,OurΒ linux dedicated serverΒ plans feature lightning-fast processors,Extend the power on yourΒ iphone 5 back coverΒ juice pack. which covers a period from 1914 to the 1920s, as well as on βMr. Selfridge,β another PBS program about the American tycoon who founded Selfridgeβs department store in London in 1909, and the new film version of F. Scott Fitzgeraldβs βThe Great Gatsby.β
βThe Society has a large collection,β says Leavell. All of the historical clothing was donated by local residents. She salutes volunteer Bonnie DeLorenzo for helping to keep them intact, stored and cataloged.
Thus, the exhibit reveals the evolution of styles reflecting a world moving from the frivolity of the Edwardian era, through the brutality of World War I to the freedom and rebellion of the Jazz Age. The outfits also signal the bonds of class with the elaborate dresses of well-to-do Peabody matrons contrasted with a maidβs uniform. Also displayed are work clothes, wedding gowns, kidsβ outfits, hats and the ultimate Victorian secret,Fun sell a huge range ofΒ Cases for iPad 4, underwear.
In the early 20th century, notes curator Lyn FitzGerald, βthe undergarment shaped the body.β It wasnβt always comfortable, but it could look fabulous. Somewhere beneath all those layers of clothes were women who, at various times, saw their bottoms pushed back and tops pushed forward, fronts transformed into βmonobosomsβand βdropped waistsβ revealing the slinky figure of the flapper.
Itβs not an accident that clothes once worn in Peabody reflect whatβs seen on βDownton Abbey.β Both American and British styles of that era were heavily influenced by fashions developed in Paris, according to the curators.
A ladyβs duster, on the other hand, marks technological change; the coverall was worn by those driving newfangled automobiles over dirt roads on the outskirts of Peabody, their horseless carriages barreling past pig farms and forests. As the name indicates, itβs an outfit designed to protect the wearer from all the dust.
In the aftermath of the war, when women were often introduced to what had been strictly menβs work, their styles are decidedly freer,Select from a variety ofΒ cases for ipad miniΒ or create your own! enabling them to play tennis, swim and ride bicycles.
Programs like βDownton Abbeyβ are admired as much for their settings β including costumes β as the stories they tell. Leavell expects a lot of people would like to know more.
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